It’s been almost 16 months since “one of the best defensemen to ever play the game” has hit the ice. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, Pronger broke the silence on his post-concussion condition in a 40 minute news conference at the skate zone in Voorhees.
Pronger has been sidelined since November of 2011– just a couple of weeks after suffering an injury to his right eye from the stick of Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski. Since then, he has been battling post-concussion syndrome and has problems with eyesight, disorientation, headaches, and depression.
He is currently visiting an eye doctor twice a week and doing light workouts with weights, hopeful of eventually returning to the NHL.
Concussions should never be taken lightly.In the United States alone, an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually, second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of concussions. Post-concussion symptoms can last anywhere from a few days up to a few months, or even longer, depending on the severity of the concussion. If you are diagnosed with a concussion and continue to experience symptoms with little to no relief, it is important that you follow up with your doctor so that these symptoms can be managed and monitored.
If a motor vehicle accident was the cause of a concussion, consult an attorney on how to receive medical and other benefits to help pay for your treatment.